I am so excited to feature one of my favourite authors here @ Mean Who You Are!! I was lucky enough to join her promo group on Facebook to help re-launch and promote the new covers for The Gardella Vampire Chronicles. If you want to know how I discovered this amazing author.. Check out this post!
This week the first book'The Rest Falls Away' is on promotion for $0.99 - grab it quickly (the price goes up to $1.99 tomorrow) or enter the competition at the end of the post to stand a chance to win a copy!
On the 26th there will be a read-a-long with lots of fun interactions and prizes!!
Hello Colleen! Welcome :)
1 - Tell us a little bit about your self
I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, teen-aged children, and three dogs (a German Shepherd, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and a Papillon. Guess which one rules the roost?). Believe it or not, I’ve never been a fan of vampire novels—which is why my first published book was about a vampire HUNTER. And all the vampires in the book were bad! I also write in a number of different genres, including medieval historical romance, steampunk (for teens and adults), dystopian/paranormal romance, and even some gothic romance.
2 - Your movie dream cast for your books, Gardella Vampire Chronicles?
Oooh! I love this question! Interestingly enough, the “cast” has changed since the books first came out and I first began answering this question. :-)
But my current cast would be:
Victoria: Emma Stone with long dark hair
Rockley: Channing Tatum
Sebastian: Ioan Gruffud
Max: Clive Owen, though he might be getting a little too old
3 - What inspired you to become a writer?
I was a bookworm while growing up—devouring books like crazy. Then I started realizing I had different ideas of how certain stories should go, and I started coming up with my own stories. I realized, I guess, that I wanted to tell stories my way. I started by writing ones for me and my friends…and then at one point I realized I wasn’t ever going to be truly happy if I wasn’t working on a story of my own. I still read, but not as much as I used to, but I always write the books that I would want to read.
4 - Do you have any special quirks you need to do/have to write?
I have a treadmill desk and I usually walk at a pace of 1.1-1.5 mph as I am writing. I also have to use a particular ergonomic keyboard in order to keep my wrists and shoulders from getting stressed. Since my office is a loft in my home (did I mention the three teenagers and three dogs?), I usually wear foam earplugs while I write (when other people are home), and I play thunderstorm sounds or instrumental movie soundtracks through my computer speakers while writing new words. Is that quirky enough? Oh, plus I have a little cup-warmer next to my computer and I usually have a cup of green or white tea sitting on it to wet my whistle.
5 - Where did the GVC all begin for you?
When a friend of mine gave me the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. It was over Thanksgiving weekend, and I was in the kitchen on the night before Thanksgiving making a whole bunch of things. I really didn’t know whether I was going to like the show—I didn’t like vampires, I knew it was a cult classic, and I was leery—but I popped the DVD into my laptop on the kitchen counter and started watching. Four episodes and a whole lot of food later, I was completely hooked.
Shortly after that, I was watching Cinderella with my daughters. When Cinderella had to suddenly leave the ball, all at once I thought, “What if she had to go stake a vampire?” And that was how the idea just dropped, right into my brain.
6 - What is the hardest & easiest thing about writing?
The hardest thing for me is not being distracted by—oh, everything (the Internet, my dogs, my fridge, my bed, my TV, my latest read)—when the words aren’t flowing easily. And the easiest thing about writing? Typing THE END when I’m finished with a project. There’s something so satisfying about those two words when they’re pushed together. :-)
7 - What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I generally don’t read reviews; I certainly don’t seek them out. If someone sends one to me, I read it of course. But after more than two dozen books, I’ve become very used to the good, the bad, and the ugly of reviews, and although I can’t say negative feedback doesn’t bother me, I can say I’ve come to the understanding that everyone has an opinion and everyone has different tastes. If I reviewed every book or movie I read or watched, I’d be writing some negative ones—and that’s just because different things float my boat, and others don’t—even when the rest of the world seems to love them.
8 - What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Sit yo’ butt in the chair and write. Just do it. Really. That’s the ONLY way. Worry about all the other stuff when you’re done with the book.
~ Top Ten Most memorable moments
being a published author ~
1. Getting the call I’d sold my first book. I was hung over at a business training session and had not gone downstairs in the morning as early as I should have (and normally would have! I’m Type A!), and I swear that’s because the angels were making me wait in my hotel room till my agent called. It was the most amazing experience of my life—after the birth of my three children.
2. Seeing my first book cover.
3. Holding my first book in print.
4. Seeing my book in the bookstore for the first time—and then having people send me pictures of the book in their stores!
5. Going to a restaurant, talking to the waitress about my books, and when I handed her a bookmark she said, “My mom is reading this book right now!”
6. Having someone catch me at the end of a conference as I was walking across the room, saying, “Are you Colleen Gleason????”
7. Being flown to Italy to meet and greet my Italian readers, and being the guest of honor at a vampire-themed festival in Ravenna. Speaking to a crowded room of more than 100 die-hard Gardella fans in Italy, all of whom came up after for pictures and autographs, was one of the best moments ever of being a published author.
8. Getting feedback from some of my peers and amazing authors that they loved my books—including J. R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian. Wow!!
9. Having people tell me—a lot of people—that not only have they read my books (the Gardellas in particular), but that they’ve read them multiple times. Like, 4, 5, 6 times! Wow!
10. Meeting my readers anytime anywhere, always. Always the biggest thrill of my life!
Well lovelies, I hope you enjoyed getting to know Colleen and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!!